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Happy Holidays 2020! ‘Tis The Season! STAY HOME!

HELLO! HELLO! HELLO!
Today is Saturday, December 19, 2020.
This is not going to be a normal Blog Post.
Happy Holidays 2020! ‘Tis The Season! JUST STAY HOME!

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Socially Distanced Santa Claus at the Fashion Show Mall in Las Vegas 2020

Season’s Greetings! Happy Holidays! 
We weren’t planning on doing a “Holiday Blog” for 2020, but it happened.
Happy Hanukkah, Happy Festivus, Merry Christmas,
Happy Kwanzaa, and Happy New Year! We hope you enjoy!

Hanukkah is now over. December 18 was the eighth and final night.
DO NOT TRAVEL! STAY HOME AND STAY HEALTHY!
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Winter Solstice is December 21
It’s Midwinter’s Eve! Joyous Noel! The Longest Night of the Year!
Winter Solstice is the shortest day and longest night of the year
The Sun is at the lowest (daily maximum) elevation in the sky today.
“The Christmas Star” – it is also the day of the “The Great Conjunction 2020”
Jupiter and Saturn will align and be the closest they have been in almost 400 years.
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Festivus is December 23 – “A Festivus for the Rest of Us!”
this secular holiday is an alternative to the commercialism/pressures of Christmas.
STAYTHEFUCKHOME! Don’t wrestle with strangers!
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We are very disappointed in you! And now you’re gonna hear about it!
The Airing of Grievances, the Feats of Strength, Money for People! 

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Elf On A Shelf for 2020? Too soon?
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Here Comes Santa Claus!
Christmas Eve
is Thursday, December 24
STAY HOME AND STAY HEALTHY!
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“It’s A Wonderful Life”

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Christmas Day is Friday, December 25
STAYTHEFUCKHOME!

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Mele Kalikimaka!

HO-HO-HO. Merry f*ckin’ Christmas 2020!
Did you get Covid-19 this year? There is still time, if you haven’t.

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Kwanzaa begins Saturday, December 26, ends on Friday, January 1
BLACKLIVESMATTER! STAYTHEFUCKHOME!
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New Years Eve is Thursday, December 31
STAY HOME AND STAY HEALTHY!
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We are invited to our friend’s annual New Years’ Eve party.
SORRY NOT GOING THIS YEAR! The every year party at our friend home, begins with drinks and a potluck dinner buffet always with a lasagna. The celebration continues with more drinks and socializing with old friends (but that’s not gonna happen this year), and then dessert and more drinks before the balloon popping, confetti, glitter, and a champagne toast at midnight.
In the old days the party would go until dawn, but now everyone is old….

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Gabba gabba we accept you we accept you one of us
Gabba gabba we accept you we accept you one of us
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And this year, 2020, don’t let the door hit you in the ass on the way out.

DO NOT TRAVEL! STAY HOME AND STAY HEALTHY!
WEARAFUCKINGMASK! WEARAFUCKINGMASK! WEARAFUCKINGMASK!
STAYTHEFUCKHOME! STAYTHEFUCKHOME! STAYTHEFUCKHOME!

New Years Day 2021 is Friday, January 1

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THE ROSE PARADE IS CANCELLED!
NO PASADENA ROSE PARADE THIS YEAR! So STAYTHEFUCKHOME!
THE 131st ROSE PARADE’S REIMAGINED NEW YEAR’S CELEBRATION

Watch on Friday, January 1, 2021 from 8:00-10:00am PST
Airing on ABC, Hallmark, KTLA, NBC, RFD-TV and Univision
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with marching bands, segments about the Rose Parade, Rose Bowl football highlights, equestrians, floats from past years, and behind-the-scenes of float builds.
So STAYTHEFUCKHOME! Watch the show on television in your bubble.

January 6 – Something important happens in Washington D.C.
Twelfth Night is Tuesday, January 5 or Wednesday, January 6
(depends on what you believe – we have always celebrated it on January 6th)
Inauguration Day is January 20, 2021
Something important happens in Washington D.C. (here’s hoping we make it)
Martin Luther King Jr. Day is Monday, January 18
BLACKLIVESMATTER!
Groundhog Day is alway on February 2
Chinese New Year begins on Friday, February 12, 2021
GUNG HAY FAT CHOY!
Valentine’s Day is always on February 14
President’s Day is February 15, 2021
Mardi Gras! Fat Tuesday is February 16, 2021

STAYTHEFUCKHOME! STAYTHEFUCKHOME! STAYTHEFUCKHOME!
DO NOT TRAVEL! STAY HOME AND STAY HEALTHY!
WEARAFUCKINGMASK! WEARAFUCKINGMASK! WEARAFUCKINGMASK!
EVERYTHING TRUMP SAYS IS A LIE! 

Last year, we were gifted a ticket from a friend for the Dead&Co. concert at The Forum in Inglewood, California on December 27th, 2019. We really enjoyed the show, but then we got really sick for two weeks afterwards (and it’s not our friend’s fault we got sick).
January 4, 2020 Blog Post:
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STAYTHEFUCKHOME! STAYTHEFUCKHOME! STAYTHEFUCKHOME!
DO NOT TRAVEL! STAY HOME AND STAY HEALTHY!
WEARAFUCKINGMASK! WEARAFUCKINGMASK! WEARAFUCKINGMASK!
EVERYTHING TRUMP SAYS IS A LIE! 

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December 2019 – Happy Holidays! ‘Tis The Season! Ho-Ho-Holidays!
https://joshwilltravel.wordpress.com/2019/12/20/december-2019-happy-holidays/

HO HO HO! Here is our December Holiday Music Playlist for 2018!
https://joshwilltravel.wordpress.com/2018/12/07/ho-ho-ho-our-december-holiday-music-playlist-2018/

Happy Winter Solstice 2017! Happy Festivus!
https://joshwilltravel.wordpress.com/2017/12/22/happy-winter-solstice-happy-festivus/

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The wheel is turning and you can’t slow down,
You can’t let go and you can’t hold on,
You can’t go back and you can’t stand still,
If the thunder don’t get you then the lightning will.

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December 2019 – Happy Holidays!

December 2019 – Happy Holidays! ‘Tis The Season! Ho-Ho-Holidays!

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Let us drink to health!
It is far better than wealth,
And it lasts longer!

Happy Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Festivus and New Years!
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GOOD TIDINGS! SEASON’S GREETINGS! BAH HUMBUG!
Is it January 6th yet?

“I’m Mister White Christmas, I’m Mister Snow.
I’m Mister Icicle. I’m Mister Ten Below.
Friends call me Snow Miser, What ever I touch…
Turns to snow in my clutch.  I’m too much!”
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The Simpsons TV show is 30 years old! DOH!

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“Ay Caramba!”

WINTER IS HERE!
“The weather outside is frightful…..”
So here are some pictures of past Winters:

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Yosemite Falls in Winter

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Wawona Hotel in Winter – Yosemite, California

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Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoia Redwood Trees – Yosemite, California

And this pic from our recent vacation in Las Vegas (see the new Blog Posts):

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The Wynn Hotel, Las Vegas decorated for the Holidays

And a Festivus for the Rest of Us! 
“I am very disappointed in you, and now you’re going to hear about it!”

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And later there will be wrestling in the living room for the “Feats of Strength”

NOTE: If you would like to learn more about the Festivus holiday and traditions,
please check out our previous Winter Holiday Blog Posts!

Tis the season Dude,
Eat, Drink, Be Merry and Watch
“The Big Lebowski”

Ralphie, Buddy the Elf, John McClane, and The Dude wish you a Merry Christmas!

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and Season’s Greetings from JoshWillTravel!

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Winter in Ashland, Oregon

And it’s just not the holiday season in Los Angeles until the Citadel Outlet Mall
in Commerce is decorated with a giant bow!

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The Citadel Outlet Mall
in Commerce, California, Decorated for the Holidays

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What do you want for Christmas Ralphie?

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“You’ll shoot your eye out.”

More Fun with Elf On The Shelf – see our previous December Blog Posts for more!

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AND THEN CLICK AGAIN TO VIEW THE PIC AT FULL SIZE!

 

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Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree 2019

Happy Festivus!
And Happy Winter Solstice!
Merry Christmas Dudes!

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HO HO HO! HO HO HO! HO HO HO!

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WARNING!

HO HO HO! HO HO HO! HO HO HO!

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HO HO HO! HO HO HO! HO HO HO!

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Burn Santa! Burn!

Clarence:
Strange, isn’t it? Each man’s life touches so many other lives.
When he isn’t around he leaves an awful hole, doesn’t he?
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Have a Psychedelic Christmas Tree!

 

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“For this is all a dream we dreamed. One afternoon, long ago.”

NOTE: Not sure what happened to our ticket stub from December 16, 1986. This was the first run of shows following Jerry Garcia’s ’86 near death (diabetic coma) and recovery.

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The Wynn Hotel, Las Vegas decorated for the Holidays

 

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HANUKKAH 2019 begins on December 22nd!
(the Hebrew calendar date is 25 Kislev)
The Festival of Lights!

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Eight candles for the number of days that the Temple lantern blazed; the ninth candle, the shamash, is used to light the others.

“Put on your yarmulke
Here comes Hanukkah
So much funukkah
To celebrate Hanukkah
Hanukkah is
The Festival of Lights
Instead of one day of presents
We have eight crazy nights!”
– Adam Sandler’s The Hanukkah Song

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Potato Latkes (pancakes)

Happy Hannukah!
How to make Potato Latkes (potato pancakes):
3 potatoes (peeled and grated), small onion (1/2 grated, 1/2 finely chopped). Add 2 eggs (beaten), 1 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp black pepper, 1/2 cup flour and 1/2 tsp baking powder. Mix ingredients well. Heat cooking oil to med high in large frying pan. Spoon 1 large tablespoon at a time into oil. Cook until crispy golden brown on each side. Drain and pat dry on paper towel and serve warm with applesauce and sour cream. ENJOY!

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Ww wish you, your family, and all your friends a Happy Hanukkah
filled with peace,
 love, light, and a wonderful celebration of your own!

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“May The Force Be With You!”

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The Wynn Hotel, Las Vegas decorated for the Holidays

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“Merry Christmas, Girls and Boys,
Turkey, Stuffing, and Lots of Toys,
Fruit and Nuts, and Candy Stick,
With Best Wishes from Old Saint Nick!”

If you or someone you know is having suicidal thoughts, get help right away!
Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (800-273-8255)
to reach a trained counselor and press 1 to reach the Veterans Crisis Line.

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Frank and Dean sing “It’s A Marshmallow World”
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Santa Hats for Tiki Mugs!

 

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HOLIDAY MUSIC PLAYLIST 2016

HOLIDAY MUSIC PLAYLIST 2016

“Well way up north where the air gets cold/
There’s a tale about Christmas/That you’ve all been told/
And a real famous cat all dressed up in red/
And he spends all year workin’ out on his sled”
       ~The Beach Boys “Little Saint Nick”

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!
HAPPY HANNUKAH & MERRY CHRISTMAS!

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HAPPY HANNUKAH & MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Let’s begin our musical journey through the 2016 holiday by getting “Old School”:

Get Down, Get Funky Christmas! Run DMC “Christmas in Hollis” 1987
with animation from “A Charlie Brown Christmas” >

“It’s Christmas time in Hollis Queens/Mom’s cooking chicken and collard greens/
Rice and stuffing, macaroni and cheese/And Santa put gifts under Christmas trees/
Decorate the house with lights at night/Snow’s on the ground, snow white so bright/
In the fireplace is the yule log/Beneath the mistletoe as we drink egg nog”

How about “Christmas Rappin'” with Kurtis Blow from 1979?! >

“Bout a red-suited dude with a friendly attitude
And a sleigh full of goodies for the people on the block
Got a long white beard, maybe looks kind a weird
And if you ever see him, he could give you quite a shock”

Then sample a couple happy numbers from (recommended) Christmas films:

Do some “Rubberneckin'” by Elvis Presley
From “Fred Clause” with Vince Vaughn >

And then here’s the ultimate Christmas Cool:

Frank, Dean & Sammy! (with a cameo from Bing)
Ho Ho Ho! “Don’t Be A Do Badder” reprise
From “Robin and The Seven Hoods” >

and Frank & Dean sing “Marshmallow World” for a TV Christmas Special in 1967 >

And just to make sure it’s a very “White Christmas”:

A Christmas Classic! “Jingle Bell Rock” From “The Lawrence Welk Show”
with Bob Ralston, his wife and kids (and maybe just a little rock guitar) >

Jingle Your Bells with Earl Scruggs RIP and the Bluegrass Allstars! >
(Produced and directed by Jon Grimson for Gibson Guitar Corp. This historic session was recorded with 2 cameras and 2 takes. Earl Scruggs with sons Randy and Gary, Sam Bush, Ricky Skaggs and Phil Leadbetter play “Jingle Bells” on the strings)

USAF BAND 2016 Holiday “flashmob”
at the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum in Washington DC >
(Since 2013 the USAF Band has created a holiday video with a “flashmob”)

And Santa Claus Comes Tonight! (a repeat from our 2015 Holiday Playlist)
“Here Comes Santa Claus” by Gene Autry, the Singing Cowboy
From “The Cowboy and the Indians” 1949 >

Have a California Christmas with the Beach Boys!
“Little Saint Nick” from “Shindig” 1964 >

Happy Festivus Friday!
CAPTAIN BEEFHEART – DIDDY WAH DIDDY

A CHRISTMAS TRADITION (We really miss David Letterman & Paul Schaffer)
Darlene Love “Christmas Baby Please Come Home” from “The Late Show” >

“And to all a good night!” >

“The Merry Xmas Song” by Pink Floyd 1969

Here comes Santa in his sleigh/Those silver bells they sound so gay/
His shiny sleigh is heaped with toys/To give to all good girls and boys

With dolls and gollywogs and clockwork trains
Trams, tin soldiers and little model planes
Going to fill your stocking so long as you’ve been good
And I’m sure that you have because you know you should

Middle eight!

“Have I got to sing that?”
“Yes!”
“No you don’t sing, you just say it.”
“Okay.”
“All right?”
“Right.”
“One, two, three…”

Cheerful face is wreathed in smiles/Can see him coming for miles and miles/
As he passes by he’ll catch your ear/ With “Merry Christmas guys and a Happy New Year!”

“Man!”
“Shout that as a cheery Christmas greeting, Alan.”
“Yeah, shout that one out, right?”

Turkey and sausages and Christmas pud/”Have another helping John!”/
Oh, I don’t think I could/Christmas parcels under the tree/
None for you and six for me!

“The Merry Xmas Song” was written for a one-off performance on BBC Radio in 1969.

AND FOR ALL MY ABSENT FRIENDS AND FAMILY
(and my little girls Nina and Bessie of blessed memory):
“Wish You Were Here” by Pink Floyd >

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Merry What Have You…. The Dude Abides.

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Happy Hannukah! “May The Force Be With You!”

Festivus Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe

Festivus Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe

Getting BAKED for Festivus! Happy Festivus! (“the festival for the rest of us”)
We shall begin with the Airing of Grievances…

“I’ve got a lot of problems with you people, and now you’re going to hear about it!”

Festivus Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies

Festivus Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ingredients:
Cooking Spray
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3 squares unsweetened baker’s chocolate (shaved, not chipped)
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
2 sticks butter (softened)
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup light brown sugar
2 large eggs
1-1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1-1/2 cup (semi-sweet) chocolate chips

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly coat baking sheet with cooking spray.

Mix flour, baker’s chocolate, baking soda and salt in medium bowl and set aside.

Mix (cream) the butter and both sugars until smooth. Add eggs and vanilla, mix well.

Add the dry mixture to the butter mixture and mix well. Add the chocolate chips.
(substitute or add other flavored chips, nuts, M&Ms or other candy pieces if desired)

Roll the dough into 1-1/2 inch balls and place on cookie sheets. Press the dough down to about an inch thick with space between.

Bake 18 minutes or until they are not glossy. Cool and enjoy! Makes about 2 dozen.

 

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Festivus Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies

Festivus Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies

Festivus Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies

Festivus Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Cooooooookieeeeeee!

Homemade chocolate chocolate chip cookies with double vanilla ice cream sandwich

Homemade chocolate chocolate chip cookies with double vanilla ice cream sandwich!